Given the current stream of outburst and outrage against hapless police jurisdiction and inept handling of criminal situations, the Delhi police and the central government are working on getting their act together. In 2009, the central government approved a Rs. 2000 crore project that called for the seamless connectivity of all police stations and higher offices (primarily immigration offices). By seamless connectivity it means that these stations/offices will be linked by technology that would allow for the real-time updating and tracking of data.
In keeping with this program, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde launched a pilot project titled ‘Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS)’ only a couple of days back. This project will allow the layman to file FIRs online, will allow the police to check data of criminals/crime reported in other police stations/offices and also help them track the developments in the investigation of cases. During the launch, the minister showed how information about a case filed at the Tughlaq police station, Delhi was immediately made accessible at the police station at the Vigyan Bhawan Complex in Delhi.
This project will greatly help the police force in nabbing criminals and sharing data. This seamless connectivity will in-turn save plenty of time and assist in the quick solving of cases which span areas/districts/states. Once fully operational, this tracking system and technology will connect all the 15,000 police stations and 6,000 higher offices in the country.
I think the launch of such a program on a nation-wide level is long overdue. Given the number of cases that get reported in India daily and the shortage in the police force numbers, this inter-linked system will greatly benefit the policemen and aid in the quick solving of cases.
Over the past couple of months, the police and government are increasingly adopting online media and technology. Given the heart-wrenching events in Delhi, the Delhi police resorted to social media to communicate with the masses. In October, 2012 it was the Delhi traffic police who got the government’s approval to issue e-chalans to errant drivers. Be it to ensure cyber security or to maintain ‘surveillance’ the government/police agencies are adopting IT and technology slowly but surely.
This only means good news and in some way promises more efficient, quicker imparting of justice, no?
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